The Zoo has Never Smelled Better

Posted April 21, 2022

It’s peak bloom time at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  Every spring, the Zoo’s amazing gardens explode with color when 100,000 tulips and more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs, and other spring bulbs bloom, and the best time to see them is right now!

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“The botanical garden comes to life in April during Zoo Blooms, and peak bloom time is really spectacular,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard.  “We are hosting a FREE concert tonight, so this would be a great time to see the blooms and hear the tunes.”

The Tunes & Blooms concert series, sponsored by Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, happens every Thursday night in April, from 5 – 8:30 p.m.  FREE admission starts at 5pm. Music starts at 6 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to explore the gardens if you arrive early.  The Cliftones and the Emily Parker Trio will rock the garden tonight.

a colorful vase with a cartoon character on itKanga’ Klimb, the aerial adventure course that opened last year will be open for business for the first time this year from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (tonight only). Check it out and come back again when it officially opens for the season.

While you’re here, check out the beautifully hand-painted rain barrels displayed on the Swan Lake bridge. If one catches your eye, bid on it! It will brighten your backyard and is good for the environment! Bidding for the barrels ends today (4/21) at 6:30 p.m.  Auction proceeds support the Zoo and Save Local Waters conservation initiatives.

The Zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. Early Entry allows members to enter at 9 a.m.  Memberships are worth their wild and are on sale now through April 30! For more information, visit